Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a wide casserole or big frying pan and fry the chicken for a few mins to brown. Tip out onto a plate. Add the celery and fry for another 2 mins, then tip out to join the chicken. Add the remaining oil, bay leaves and gluten free flour to the pan and cook into a paste. Carry on cooking, stirring constantly (with a splash of water if you need), until golden brown, then stir in the spices for 2 mins.

Gradually stir in the stock until smooth and saucy. Return the chicken and veg to the pan, along with the capsicum, cover and simmer gently for 15 mins. Stir in the ham, cover and simmer gently for 10 mins more. Check for seasoning, then serve, sprinkled with the scallions mixed with the chopped parsley.


4 tbsp olive oil

5 skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunky pieces

1 celery stick, sliced

3 bay leaves

5 tbsp gluten free plain flour

4 tsp Cajun spice mix (or 1 each paprika, ground cumin, ground chilli and dried basil)

600ml chicken stock (made with 2 stock cubes)

2 red capsicums, deseeded and cut into chunks

300g thickly sliced ham, trimmed of any fat and diced

2 scallions - green end only chopped

2 tbsp very roughly chopped parsley

Cajun chicken gumbo

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